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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3819 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (12.16): Mr Speaker, I move:

Page 1, line 7, subclause (1), omit the subclause, substitute the following subclause:

"(1) Sections 1, 2 and 81 commence on the day on which this Act is notified in the Gazette.".

I also present a supplementary explanatory memorandum which relates to this amendment and the other amendments I will be moving today.

As I think Ms Tucker suggested, many of the amendments being put before the Assembly are designed to pick up the recommendations of the Justice and Community Safety Committee. Members will recall that this whole process has taken a very long time to bring to this point. The Government's exposure draft of this legislation was put on the table in December 1997, so this issue is almost exactly two years old, and I think it is time that we addressed it, as the Assembly obviously proposes to do today. The amendments deal with a range of recommendations made by the Justice Committee. I believe that they also appropriately address other issues which agencies have raised in respect of putting this particular legislation in place. I thank the Labor Party and others for their support for the Government's amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3

Amendment (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to:

Page 2, line 4, subclause (1), insert the following definition:

" 'alternate controller' means the alternate controller provided for under section 23;".

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